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FCW : August 30, 2016
CRITICAL READ WHAT: “Playbook: Enterprise Risk Management for the U.S. Federal Government,” released by the Chief Financial Officers Council and the Performance Improvement Council. WHY: The latest update to Circular A-123, which the Office of Management and Budget released in July, requires agen- cies to establish an enterprise risk management (ERM) struc- ture to improve accountability. According to an OMB memo, that “integrated government structure” will improve mission delivery, reduce costs and focus action on key risks. The playbook is less of a how- to manual than a foundation for applying ERM principles and guidance for meeting Circular A-123’s requirements. Its goal is to be useful for employees at all levels, from senior staff to those who manage day-to-day opera- tional risks. VERBATIM: “While agen- cies cannot respond to all risks, one of the most salient lessons from past crises and negative reputa- tional incidents is that both public- and private-sector organizations would benefit from establishing or review- ing and strengthening their risk management practices. Agencies are well advised to work to the greatest extent possible to identify, evalu- ate, and manage challenges related to mission delivery and manage risk to a toler- able level.” READ THE PLAYBOOK: is.gd/FCW_ERMPlaybook Trending is the 10-year ceiling for DISA’s single-award Capacity Services Communications contract currently out for bids $902M 8 August 30, 2016 FCW.COM Rob Coen, director of the National Institutes of Health IT Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC), will join the General Services Adminis- tration’s Federal Systems Integration and Management Center at the end of August. Coen’s move follows more than seven years of service at NITAAC. Previously, he was a deputy director at the Small Business Administration for 14 years. NITAAC recorded near-record annual orders of just under $5 bil- lion in 2015. It also launched a new contracting vehicle about a year ago; the Chief Information Officer-Commod- ities and Solu- tions contract replaced Elec- tronic Commod- ities Store III, one of the three gov- ernmentwide acquisition contracts NITAAC manages. Coen also worked with his peers at NASA and GSA last year to develop common laptop and desktop baseline configurations for the Office of Man- agement and Budget’s Federal Stra- tegic Sourcing Initiative. That effort sought to end uncoordinated, local- ized laptop and desktop acquisition practices that were blunting the buy- ing power of the federal government. Coen told FCW that NITAAC has gone through a major reinvention in the past seven years. During that time, both awareness and use of NITAAC’s three big GWAC contracts expanded significantly, he said. And he voiced particular satisfaction with the cus- tomer-focused culture that NITAAC developed during his tenure. Deborah Diaz, NASA’s CTO for IT, will leave the government in September. A three-time Federal 100 winner, Diaz has held a wide range of IT lead- ership posts across the government, including stints at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Department of Homeland Security, GSA and the U.S. Agency for International Development. She was part of the team tasked with creating DHS after the passage of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and was the first CIO of DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate. In a previous position at GSA, she was instrumental in the creation of USA.gov — the federal govern- ment’s first online portal for citizen services. At NASA, where Diaz has served since 2009, she managed a massive IT infra- structure consoli- dation program and helped create the International Space Apps Challenge hackathon and NASA’s Datanauts pro- gram, among many other initiatives. NASA CIO Renee Wynn told FCW that Diaz’s retirement “is a bittersweet moment. We are sad to see Deborah retire, and we are delighted for her to be reaching this phase in her life.” Wynn said Diaz “built and strength- ened the technology infusion program, introduced data science...and built a strong CTO community across NASA.” She also praised Diaz’s efforts to men- tor women in technology and promote industry/government partnerships through ACT-IAC, the Association for Federal Information Resources Management and AFCEA. Diaz’s final day at NASA will be Sept. 30. She said she was still weigh- ing options for “the next technology innovation opportunity” she would pursue. — FCW staff FCW Insider: People on the move Rob Coen Deborah Diaz 0830fcw_003-008.indd 8 8/9/16 1:23 PM
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